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Sadr supporters sit-in: Thousands of supporters of the coordination framework demonstrate in front of the Green Zone

Sadr supporters sit-in: Thousands of supporters of the coordination framework demonstrate in front of the Green Zone

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Opponents of Muqtada al-Sadr on the border of the Green Zone

Thousands of demonstrators, from factions opposed to Shiite leader Muqtada al-Sadr, gathered in front of the Green Zone, in Baghdad, to protest against his supporters storming the Iraqi parliament building.

The bloc opposed to Muqtada al-Sadr includes political parties and militias loyal to Iran. The bloc, known as the Coordinating Framework, says Monday’s protests are aimed at protecting state institutions from the civil disobedience of Sadr’s supporters.

These Shiite factions are linked to a well-armed militia, which threatens to erupt clashes between the two parties, amid escalating tension, due to the failure to form the government, nearly 10 months after the October elections.

“Back then retreat”

The demonstrators threw stones at police, from behind the concrete barriers surrounding the Green Zone, where the parliament building, which was occupied by Sadr’s supporters last week. The police responded with water cannons.